Oldenzaal Travel Guide

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Oldenzaal Things to Do

  • Oldenzaal history on display

    Visit the Museum "Het Palthe-Huis".It is located in an old big family house from the 18th century.You can see how people lived in the past and decorated their houses. There's a library and a seperate building for the horse drawn carriage. Furthermore you find the history of Oldenzaal, the textile industry and Oldenzaal culture on display.Entrance...

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  • Oldenzaal's Museums

    The town has a trio of little museums showcasing different aspects of its history and culture. These are located on the two streets (Marktstraat and Hofmeijerstraat) on the north side of the square around the basilica.The Palthe-Huis is a former merchant's home restored with the richly onrnate furnishings and fittings of the period and a couple of...

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  • If You're Not Old Enough For The Pub!

    This little ice-cream parlour on Bischopstraat was doing a roaring trade with the local youngsters every night I was here. Just before it is a little mini-square with benches and low walls for them to congregate and it really was a pleasure to see them enjoying the simple things in life, unlike back here in the UK where the teenagers just seem to...

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  • The English Garden

    The English Garden is a hidden part of Oldenzaal at the South East side of town, just North of the railroad. It's a different name for the "De Haer" park, located on a hill South of the Tankenberg (which is much higher) founded by Gelderman. One of his sons married an British lady and to avoid homesickness she ordered an English garden to be...

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  • Visit De Engel

    An excellent bar, good choice of beers, some tasty snacks and a friendly welcome, just what Bonio likes about a cafe. Recommended and hope to revisit in the future.

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  • Boeskoolmenneke

    De Boeskool (white cabbage) symbolises the former rural Oldenzaal, where the cabbage was one of the mean products on the fields.

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Oldenzaal Hotels

Oldenzaal Restaurants

  • De Oude Raadskelder

    De Oude Raadskelder : my favourite restaurant in Oldenzaal! The atmosphere and the service in this restaurant is fabulous and the food is absolutely delicious. It is not a cheap restaurant but it is really worth the money! You do have to take your time though when you go dining here; it is a real evening out. At the start of every meal you get...

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  • Herberg de Gulden Kroes

    Herberg de Gulden Kroes. Another good restaurant in Oldenzaal. There are plenty of restaurants here, but I just wanted to mention these two to you. The Gulden Kroes is a nice restaurant with a special touch to it. All the menu's have names that relate to the history of this region and are in dialect. The food is served in a surprising way, that...

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  • Cosy Greek at Oldenzaal

    SIRTAKI is a cosy Greek restaurant, with daily special offers at a friendly price.2011 Update: The restaurant moved to Groote Markt 5 Starter: Combination cold plate; OUZO PIKILIA Main course: Mixed grill; MIX SIRTAKIDessert: Honey-Walnut Yoghurt; JIAOURTI STANIS

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  • The best pub around

    De Engel was elected best café of the year 2005/2006.So, what should stop you to pay a visit to this popular and cosy Oldenzaal meeting spot.Toon Engelbertink will welcome you at his great location.

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  • For A Cheaper Lunch Alternative

    For a nibble on the hoof this little bakery is ideal. Throughout the morning and lunchtime they offer a range or ready-to-eat hot and cold pastries and sandwiches and prices are more than reasonable.Whilst the trade is mostly take-away they do have a couple of tables inside and out for those that want to sit and eat. I just had a salami, cheese...

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  • Ice cream

    Vito and Luca is a great ice cream shop just of the market at Oldenzaal.The 30 flavors of ice cream are made without non-natural additions.Also available: Milk shakes and cold drinks.

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Oldenzaal Nightlife

  • The local theater

    The Stadtheater De Bond is an old building extended with a complete new section.It houses a great theater bar as well.

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  • If You're Looking For A Proper Brown...

    Since the Netherland's smoking ban many of the traditional "Brown Cafes" have lost a lot of their character, and characters. There are still a few scattered around tho' where smoking is still allowed and the one I discovered here in Oldenzaal is a true gem of its genre.This is a friendly one-room bar complete with pool table and big TV which I...

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  • One Of My Favourite Dutch Pubs

    As a "Bierlokaal" De Engel has everything that a perfect pub should have, including of course lots of beer - 15 on tap and another 25 or so in bottles. Situated on the corner of the market square its terrace, heated in the evenings, is ideal for watching the world (ie the pretty women) go by whilst inside the characterful bar area, with its...

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Oldenzaal Transportation

  • Bus

    Local Syntus bus:- 65-Station - De Thij (Hulsbeek)Intercity Syntus buses:- 60-Station - Enschede Central Station- 62-Oldenzaal - Denenkamp- 64-Almelo - Oldenzaal - Overdinkel- 66-Station - Almelo Center-593-Station - De Lutte (Buurtbus)

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  • Car & Parking

    Oldenzaal easily can be reached by car via the A1-highway exits 32 & 33.Exit 32 is at the West for the Hulsbeek recreational area.Exit 33 is to the South for the Industrial area and the Twente Airport.You can park on the street around the old center or in the basement parking garage of the Driehoek shopping center.

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  • Well-signposted Cycle Routes

    As with almost everywhere in the Netherlands there are loads of cycle routes around Oldenzaal and the Twente region in general. Maps of the main routes can be obtained from the VVV Tourist Office opposite the Basilica and cycles can be hired from the Siemerink bike shop on Steenstraat in the town centre.The routes are well-signposted and are either...

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Oldenzaal Shopping

  • Like a Dollar store

    The Action is a low price shop for household goods. There are weekly offers.Business hours:Mo-Th: 9AM - 6PMFr: 9AM - 8PMSa: 9AM - 5PMSu: Closed Low prices

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  • Second hand goods

    De Beurs is a shop with second goods and recycled items.The shop is integrated with the local garbage disposal facility.In the shop you'll find clothing, furniture, toys, music and books.Business hours:Mo-We: 10AM - 5PMTh: 10AM - 9PMFr: 10AM - 5PMSa-Su: Closed Second hand goods. Depending on the quality. For a second hand goods store prices are...

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  • Children's rummage street sale

    Each year in the second half of August during the Oldenzaal "Boeskooldagen" one of the activities is a Children's rummage sales at the downtown streets. Children's toys, clothing, etc. Extreme low prices

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Oldenzaal Local Customs

  • The Local time

    During day time the local time can be read from the sun dial at the side of the St. Plechelmus Basilica.

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  • But Who Was St Plechelm?

    The town's main church, and most recognisable landmark, is the grey sandstoned Catholic Basilica of St Plechelm. A place of worship has occupied the site since the 8th century and the building of the present edifice was begun in 954 by Bishop Balderik who dedicated it to St Plechelm.Despite being one of the Netherlands' patron saints there seems to...

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  • Street Statuary

    No Dutch town is complete without its public works of art dotted around almost randomly and Oldenzaal is no exception which is ideal for my style of random wandering (between bars that is!). One of the most common themes here is the "Boeskoolmenneke" (the white cabbage boy), who is the town's much loved mascot, whilst others include celebrations of...

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Oldenzaal Warnings and Dangers

  • Escaping Oldenzaal By Train

    Oldenzaal's train connection to Hengelo is operated by the private company Syntus which means that the OV Chipcards are not valid for that section of any journey and a separate ticket is required. I didn't have a chipcard but the problem I encountered was that the ticket office in the station's restaurant wasn't open and the automatic machine on...

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  • Poeproute

    Hahaha, I just find this a fun sign :-) I always wonder what they will think of next. This is what you have when you live in an overcrowded country; there is hardly any place to walk with your dog. So in Oldenzaal you have a special "poeproute" for your dog; a designated areas where you can take your dog for a walk. Bweh.... not so nice when you...

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  • The parking meters!They are...

    The parking meters!They are everywhere in the centre of town! So annoying, but it is like any other city in Holland, parking meters everywhere. So don't forget to always have some change with you when you come here by car.

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Oldenzaal Off The Beaten Path

  • Rododrendon laantje

    Between the Zuid Berghuizen part of Oldenzaal and the Boers forest is a small road with rododrendons at both sides.These plants are at full blossom in mid-May.

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  • The Boers woods

    At the South East of Oldenzaal at the old postweg (postal route) you come into the Boers forest, a great place to relax.The stone reads:1873-1973DIT WAREN DE GELIEFDE BOSSENVANJ. SPITSHUIS EN A. SPITSHUISBOSBAZENBIJ DE FAMILIEMR J.H.A.M. ESSINK

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  • HET HULSBEEK

    Het Hulsbeek is a recreationpark very close to my home.Whenever the weatherconditions are good you can find me here.It`s a great place to relax, take a long walk or take a swim.During the summertime you wil find asalso lots of balloons taking off.

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Oldenzaal Sports & Outdoors

  • ATB cycling

    Around the Hulsbeek there's a special ATB mounting bike track.Rules:-Closed after sunset-Stay on the track-One way track (clockwise)-No speeding-Beware of crossing-Use at own risk-Helmet obligatory ATB bicycle

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  • Fishing

    At the Southern part of the Hulsbeek there is a special fishing lake called the Chris Agterbos Vijver, controlled by the local fishing club.There are special locations for handicapped people too. Fishing rod and bait.

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Oldenzaal Favorites

  • Town Signposts

    For a small compact town, which probably doesn't get very many tourists, Oldenzaal's visitor attractions are really well signposted . Despite the fact that nothing is much more than 500 metres radius from the market square and that the inner ring road (which probably follows the foundations of the old city walls) kinda tells you when you are...

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  • The Local VVV Tourist Office

    The Netherlands' official tourist service is the VVV (whatever that stands for I don't know) and every town of note has at least one office. The VVV has multi-lingual staff who can assist with pretty much any tourist's query from accommodation to zimmer frame hire (I just made that last one up 'cos I couldn't think of anything else that began with...

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  • The Walled City

    In the 17th century Oldenzaal was a walled city, complete with moat and all the other bits and bobs that walled cities have. Unfortunately the modern town has lost much of its historical remains over the years (although the centre is still pretty much laid out as it would have been in those days, it's just the buildings that have changed) but a...

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